VW Looks at Short Work Hours at More Plants on Supplier Disputeby
Carmaker studying whether to hold talks with unions on hours
Company has already scaled back shifts at Emden factory
Volkswagen AG is looking at shortening work hours at more plants in Germany after curtailing shifts at a factory this week amid a supplier dispute.
The carmaker is considering whether to seek talks with unions on short-work hours at sites in Zwickau and Braunschweig, the company said in an e-mailed response to questions. It’s also looking at implementing a flextime program at the company’s main plant in Wolfsburg. Only departments affected by the supply shortage would be involved with the shift changes, it said.
Volkswagen started a weeklong short-work program Thursday affecting 80 percent of the 9,000 workers at its plant in Emden, which makes the Passat sedan and wagon. The company’s Sitech seating business is in a legal dispute with a sub-supplier that prevented the factory from finishing vehicles for two days recently, plant spokesman Jan Wurps said Tuesday.